Carrying on its much discussed 2016 updates, the 2017 FOX Racing Shox 34 Float 27. 5 140 3Pos Adj FIT4 Boost Fork hits the trail with 140mm of plush travel and a Boost axle width for smooth, confident control through rough terrain. As also found in its 2016 sibling, the steerer, crown, uppers, lowers, and Float Air spring all shed weight compared to previous versions while still getting an overall increase in stiffness for a sharp, responsive ride. Lighter and stiffer always look better on paper, but you won't fully appreciate it until you feel how well it handles out in the dirt. The FIT4 Damper's puffed out, 10mm shaft increases oil flow to the base valve, allowing the fork to ride high for quick, controlled recovery during everything from big, square hits to successive, small impacts. The 3 position Fit4 system also takes the reins from the old CTD system, changing the names from the overly prescriptive categories of Climb, Trail, and Descend to a graduating scale covering Firm, Medium, and Open. While this change may read like an exercise in semantics, it entails a radical realignment of the 34 Float's capabilities that addresses virtually every issue we've had with CTD's damper in the past. Perhaps the most welcome change from earlier Fit damper iterations is that Fit4 migrates the adjustable sub settings from CTD's median Trail mode to the new Open setting. Open encompasses both Descend and Trail in order to take full advantage of the fork's high ride by handling most compression duties. This makes the fork that much more relevant to all mountain situations, combining better small bump compliance with more confident tracking through rock gardens and rough terrain. It doesn't wallow and handling stays on point. The Medium setting migrates much deeper into the firm side of compression than the Trail setting did, so it'll suffice in most conditions that don't require use of the big bottomed Open setting. The Firm setting remains self explanatory: an XC lock...
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